Some Elements of Exploration Success or How to Shave the Odds
Written by Siegfried Muessig | Printed in the October 2011, No. 87 issue of the SEG Newsletter.
Siegfried joined the U.S. Geological Survey in 1951, and published the seminal bulletin on the Republic gold district, as well as papers on borate mineralogy and geology. He organized and managed the U.S. Borax exploration department from 1959. In 1966 he joined Getty Oil, where he organized, staffed, and managed the new minerals division until it was sold and disbanded in 1984 by Texaco. He actively participated in or discovered the Escondida and Zaldivar Cu deposits, Chile (50%); Jabiluka U deposit, Australia (35%); Mercur Au deposit, Utah (100%); and Casa Grande Cu deposit, Arizona (50%). He also revitalized the Petrotomics U mine, Wyoming (100%) and tripled production; initiated Tidal Diamonds marine mine, Namibia (33%); and discovered other substantial uranium, and Cu, Zn, and Pb deposits (100%). Siegfried organized and operated Crystal Exploration diamond program in a J.V. with Ashton Mining and Dow Chemical, and consulted internationally until 2007.